Every holiday season, a wide variety of topics get thrown out there when whole families circle around dinner tables. It can range from family gossip, old stories told repeatedly, and even a little heated debate about the difference between today's culture and the one my relatives grew up in. Which got me thinking, especially with all of the records currently being broken, does my generation have that one stand out movie or movie series?
You see, growing up my father used to tell me all the time about how excited he'd get to go to the movies. How he'd wait in line with my grandfather around the block, sit in a smoke filled theater for hours, all to watch one single movie. A movie that kept him going back and back again, creating a life long memory. The movie I'm talking about? None other than Star Wars. It's an especially hot topic today, one that's earning more money than could have been predicted and shaping the film industry in ways that we can't even begin to imagine.
While today's experience differs dramatically, this thought still has been in my mind for quite some time now. I refuse to let my generation accept Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey going down as what we're remembered for. What I could accept however? Is if we go down for being the generation that grew up with The Hunger Games.
Now, I know what you may already be thinking. "But Kalee, what about Harry Potter?" and I've truly considered that option as well. The Harry Potter books were just wrapping up during my childhood, whereas The Hunger Games had just begun during the time where I picked up reading as a hobby. It was an escape, one that gives me memories of leaving my gym class in grade school to call my grandmother to pick up Catching Fire before I got home. I went through the books like crazy, never putting them down until I had read cover to cover of the first two books then counted down the days for Mockingjay to be released. Even today, I still find myself getting lost in the world of Panem much like my younger self did. The character deaths still rock me, the mushy moments of cheekiness still making me squeal, and every word still transporting me away from the average life of a college student that I lead. So to answer that question, Harry Potter is very much already taken nor would it end up being my first choice with all things considered.
Even now, just writing this article while my cat nudges my fingers off the keys makes me think of Prim (God Bless your soul Prim) being thrown onto a laptop with a jealous Buttercup craving her attention. It's a situation that clearly won't occur, but still causes me to roll my eyes in entertainment at.
So let's truly think about this. Could The Hunger Games just be that one series that I end up telling my kids about? Could it be the memories of being one of the only two people in a theater, screaming out at every death, crying five times, and sneaking in wine that make it's way to my future family's dinner table? Alright, so maybe the wine doesn't make it's way into my story the first time my grandchildren hear about the movies, but you get the point.
There's a chance that I might just have to drag my children along to see the newest Hunger Games movie with me in fifteen years and watch excitedly as it breaks record after record. There's even a chance that when I hear about another actor passing away that I'll sit back for a moment to think over all the memories they blessed me with.
All these things, these feelings, emotions, and ideas add up to give me one answer. That in fact, The Hunger Games will be the series to shape my generation. It's something that I can be proud of. One that takes a female lead seriously, and hints in notes of a love triangle while still focusing on much more important topics. Suzanne Collins made one of the only, if not the only, set of books that'll ever pull me in as deep as I got. For that, I can do nothing but thank her for all of the memories that I've formed plus more that are to come.
On that note, I leave you with one of the quotes left on the inside of my daily planner that I look to whenever things get rough.
"Better not give into it. It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart." - Finnick Odair